Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!!

Whether you are joining with family today, or later or enjoying an off-day with something else in mind, we here at Knuckleballs are hopeful that you keep the blessings of your life in mind today with a focus toward what you have vs what you don’t have yet.

And happy Hanukkah to those celebrating that as well! The same wish above applies!

President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln

GameChat – Indians @ Twins, 7:10pm

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still a division rival that I don’t feel particularly fond of but they have tweaked my soft spot (of questionable existence) by knocking the Yankees out of the playoffs this year.. Now that they have that accomplishment made, I’d like to say thank you very much.. now we’d like to win a game.

Cleveland

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Minnesota
Brantley, LF Presley, CF
Swisher, 1B Dozier, 2B
Kipnis, 2B Doumit, RF
Santana, C, DH Willingham, DH
Raburn, RF Pinto, C
Cabrera, A, SS Plouffe, 3B
Gomes, Y, C Colabello, 1B
Aviles, 3B Mastroianni, LF
Stubbs, CF Escobar, E, SS
  McAllister, P   Albers, A, P

 

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Cleveland

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11

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Minnesota

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0

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0

1

0

4

5

13

2

didn’t see a single minute of this game – it looks like I should be ok with it… but at least they tried a 9th inning comeback that didn’t quite work out.

GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

I’m not around – and between the Twins & the Vikings, I’m really looking forward to the MN Swarm lacrosse season..

Detroit

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Minnesota
Jackson, A, CF Presley, CF
Hunter, To, RF Dozier, 2B
Cabrera, M, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Fielder, 1B Willingham, DH
Martinez, V, DH Pinto, C
Infante, 2B Doumit, RF
Tuiasosopo, LF Parmelee, 1B
Avila, C Thomas, C, LF
Santiago, R, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Fister, P   Diamond, P

 

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Detroit

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11

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Minnesota

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1

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0

0

1

0

0

2

9

0

honestly, that could have been worse…

GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #3, 1:10pm

MIRACULOUSLY was released from jury duty selection (for today) in time to get over and put up a post for a game I can’t watch because I’m frantically trying to catch up on the office work that I have held away from…

Minnesota

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Chi White Sox
Presley, CF De Aza, CF
Dozier, 2B Ramirez, Al, SS
Plouffe, 3B Viciedo, LF
Arcia, LF Konerko, 1B
Doumit, DH Dunn, A, DH
Colabello, 1B Semien, 3B
Thomas, C, RF Danks, Jd, RF
Escobar, E, SS Phegley, C
Fryer, C Garcia, L, 2B
  Diamond, P   Danks, Jh, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Chi White Sox 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0

Hey, the Twins won!

I’m looking over the stats and game story and I can’t come up with anyone who makes a living swinging a bat who’s worthy of BOD consideration. Looks like the bullpen did a nice job, which is excellent to see.

But Scott Diamond somehow managed to give up just three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, all without recording a single strikeout. Not exactly a dominating performance, but at this point it’s good enough for BOD. – JC

Scott Diamond

Scott Diamond

GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 1:10pm

well.. the good/bad news is that it’s not raining??

but I’m not going to be able to watch regardless.. home all the folk on the Grand Drunk Railroad tour are hanging in there today after hanging in there through the rain last night.. (that would sober up anyone I think)

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Presley, CF
Zobrist, 2B Mastroianni, LF
Longoria, 3B Dozier, 2B
Myers, RF Doumit, RF
Young, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Loney, 1B Willingham, DH
Escobar, Y, SS Pinto, C
Rodriguez, S, LF Parmelee, 1B
Molina, J, C Escobar, E, SS
  Price, P   Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 6 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 x 6 10 1

I confess, I gave up following this game about the time I walked away from the bar at Famous Dave’s after watching the Vikings end of the game failure. The last I saw, the Twins were down 3-0 and, according to the Twins beat reporters I follow on Twitter, the Twins hadn’t scored a run in something like two years, so I didn’t see much reason to pay attention any longer.

So, imagine my surprise when I hear they scored six late runs and beat the Rays 6-4!

Trevor Plouffe went 3 for 3 and scored a run in the 8th inning, but it would seem to me that Josmil Pinto’s 3-run home run in the 8th is pretty BOD-worthy. – JC

Pinto

 

GameChat – Rays @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

So it’s raining at my house – we’ll see if they get the game in. I have no idea if the rain is going to continue, for how long or for how heavy.

Good luck to everyone on the Twins Centric Grand Drunk Railroad bar crawl before the game tonight!! Given how the boys have been playing the last few days, they might be the fans in the best condition to watch tonight’s affair.

I’m off to a family reunion so I hope you all have a great night!

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Presley, CF
Johnson, K, 2B Dozier, 2B
Longoria, 3B Doumit, DH
Myers, RF Arcia, RF
Loney, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Young, D, DH Willingham, LF
Rodriguez, S, LF Colabello, 1B
Lobaton, C Herrmann, C, C
Escobar, Y, SS Florimon, SS
  Moore, M, P   Albers, A, P

 

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Tampa Bay

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Minnesota

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1

yeah…  this has not been good baseball..

GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 7:10pm

Ok, I can’t be here tonight.. again.. and I don’t know if that means the Twins won’t do well because the games I see seem to go better or if they just aren’t doing well right now whether I get a chance to watch or not..

Anyway, It’s a beautiful night for baseball so I hope that they do something to add to fan enjoyment!

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
DeJesus, LF Presley, CF
Zobrist, 2B Pinto, C
Loney, 1B Dozier, 2B
Longoria, 3B Arcia, DH
Johnson, K, DH Plouffe, 3B
Myers, RF Parmelee, 1B
Jennings, D, CF Mastroianni, LF
Molina, J, C Thomas, C, RF
Escobar, Y, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Archer, P   Correia, P

 

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9

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Minnesota

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1

 

I have no idea what happened in this game but the loss isn’t exactly surprising. However, I admit that the shutout is and I’m wondering how long it’s actually been since I saw this very much struggling team shutout… I can’t remember the last time so that in itself is a point for optimism? maybe?

GameChat – A’s @ Twins #3, 12:10pm

I can’t tell you how glad I am that I missed last night’s game.. I saw the score this morning and I didn’t even want to go find out why it looked like that.. I’m just going to call it a loss and see if we can still take the series in today’s rubbermatch.

The weather is PHENOMENAL here in Minnesota – absolutely perfect day for baseball so for any of you that got out of work and were able to be at the ballpark today? I’m seriously jealous because I’m working and won’t even get to follow along.

Let’s hope Scotty can find some of his old magic, huh?

Oakland

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Minnesota
Crisp, CF Presley, CF
Donaldson, 3B Pinto, C
Lowrie, SS Dozier, 2B
Cespedes, DH Arcia, RF
Callaspo, 2B Doumit, DH
Young, Ch, LF Willingham, LF
Reddick, RF Plouffe, 3B
Norris, D, C Colabello, 1B
Barton, 1B Florimon, SS
  Griffin, P   Diamond, P

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11

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Minnesota

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7

1

uh yeah… another one I’m glad I missed? *sigh*